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In Loco Parentis

My friend ASM826 (whilst reporting in Borepatch) spun a tale of government most foul:

In Maryland, this week, one set of parents have been investigated for letting a 10 year old and a 6 year old go walking without supervision. The parents want the kids to have what they think of as normal freedom, expanding as the children get older. Child protective services are now involved in a neglect investigation.

Of course, we don’t know many specifics.  But this from the article in the NYDN is telling:

Danielle and Alexander Meitiv say the county’s Child Protective Services began investigating them after police stopped their 10-year-old son and 6-year-old daughter midway through a mile-walk home on Dec. 20 in Silver Spring. Police say they stopped the children and drove them home after someone reported seeing them.

OMG!  Someone saw children!  Sacre’ Bleu!

(In the name of piling on, I’m adding to ASM826’s tales of misspent youth)

I was raised in a small, white bread college town.  Still, my parents placed boundaries with regard to my wandering.   Roughly 1/2 mile in any direction, as boundaried  by major streets I was NOT allowed to cross.  Withing those boundaries were trees needing climbing, houses under construction needing exploring, irrigation conduits needing climbing down into and junk in alleys needing examining.  And rockets and firecrackers needing ignition!  I had these boundaries until high school,  to which I either walked or rode my bicycle.  One mile each direction.  Then there were stores, shops (the hobby shop) and MORE construction sites, including an industrial park just the other side of the high school.

With underground electrical access.

VERY cool for fledgling secret agent fantasies!

Yes, I was wounded, scratched, developed blisters, was hit in the head by a rock in a dirt clod fight, dislocated my left thumb playing football, and broke my arm at school doing faux karate.

And none of these things with parental supervision.

I didn’t ride my 24″ Schwinn Speedster with a helmet, either!

Now CPS and the police are enforcing this NERF world.  And taking more rights away from parents.

In loco parentis, indeed!

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About guffaw1952

I'm a child of the 50's. libertarian, now medically-retired. I've been a certified firearms trainer, a private investigator, and worked for a major credit card company for almost 22 years. I am a proud NRA Life Member. I am a limited-government, free-market capitalist, who believes in the U.S. Constitution and the Rule of Law.

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18 thoughts on “In Loco Parentis

  1. From the age of 5, we were bussed to a school well over a while away in the morning as the school that was closer was overcrowded. We had to walk home. Crossing two very busy streets with no supervision. No one got hit by a car, kidnapped or anything else, though I once came home with a bicycle tire track up the back of my dress from after being rear ended by a near sighted 7 year old with a Schwinn.

    Posted by LB Johnson | January 23, 2015, 7:54 am
  2. Nanny statists.

    Posted by WellSeasonedFool | January 23, 2015, 9:12 am
  3. [Expletives deleted.]

    So children must remain encased in bubble wrap & duct tape whilst the well-meaning IDIOTS pretend the world is similarly protected by foam rubber and good intentions … and then punish anyone who insists it isn’t so.

    Ayn Rand didn’t go far enough: we must not only reward the non-producers, but also punish the victims.

    Posted by Rev. Paul | January 23, 2015, 9:37 am
  4. I’m torn on this one. Monkey County’s CPS has a bad reputation for over the top interference. BUT – no way in hell should those kids at that age be walking home alone In that area. The days you and I knew are long gone. I grew up in that county – our days of rambling ended with the MLK assasination riots. And as adults who were transfered by our office to Silver Spring we became very aware of the crime levels there. It’s not a place an ADULT should be walking without being watchful.

    Posted by ProudHillbilly | January 23, 2015, 4:18 pm
  5. I walked 3/4 of a mile to elementary school from the 3rd grade on, and about the same to junior high. Of course that was the late 50s and early 60s… Today, probably not, and agree with PH, that is NOT a good area even for adults! It’s not the same today, sadly.

    Posted by Old NFO | January 23, 2015, 4:53 pm

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